Drug War Chronicle
(formerly The Week Online with DRCNet)
Issue #355, 9/24/04
"Raising Awareness of the Consequences of Drug Prohibition"
Phillip S. Smith, Editor
David Borden, Executive Director
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
- EDITORIAL: THE MORAL CHOICE IS CLEAR
David Borden comments on the
Judaic traditions in criminal justice and how radically the drug laws
with them, especially mandatory minimum sentencing laws.
- WITH NEW SENTENCING
LEGISLATION PENDING IN CONGRESS, CHURCH LEADERS URGE AN END TO
In a sign of the
opposition to draconian sentencing, legislators and leaders of
denominations held a Capitol Hill press conference Tuesday to denounce
mandatory minimums bill and support another bill to repeal them.
- PATIENTS, DOCTORS,
SUPPORTERS HEAD TO
WASHINGTON TO DEMAND RESCHEDULING OF
MARIJUANA AS A MEDICINE
and supporters are heading to
in less than two weeks to demand the Dept.
and Human Services (HHS) reschedule marijuana as a medicine.
- FOR SECOND YEAR, JOHN
W. PERRY FUND HELPS STUDENTS WITH DRUG CONVICTIONS AFFORD COLLEGE
According to the US
Department of Education, more than 153,000 persons have lost
receive student loans, grants, even work-study jobs to further their
under the infamous drug provision of the Higher Education Act.
The John W. Perry Fund, a scholarship fund
sponsored by DRCNet Foundation to assist such would-be students, has
second year by awarding scholarships to four new and one returning
- DRCNET INTERVIEW:
LIBERTARIAN PARTY PRESIDENTIAL
DRCNet begins its
of drug policy and the presidential election season this year with
Party nominee Michael Badnarik. The
Libertarian Party (LP) has for years been a staunch advocate of ending
- DRCNET BOOK
REVIEW: "PATIENTS IN THE CROSSFIRE:
CASUALTIES IN THE WAR ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA," BY AMERICANS FOR SAFE
Safe Access, the aggressive grassroots medical marijuana defense group
sprang up in response to the initial Ashcroft raids on California
providers, "Patients in the Crossfire" a compendium of the stories of
medical marijuana users imprisoned, prosecuted, and persecuted by
and federal authorities.
- ACTION ALERT:
STILL TIME TO CONTACT
JUDICIARY COMMITTEE MEMBERS
ABOUT HEA DRUG PROVISION
Last month, DRCNet
action alert to subscribers living states which have Senators who sit
Judiciary Committee. There's still time
to act on it.
SCHWARZENEGGER SIGNS SYRINGE
VETOES NEP BILL
Schwarzenegger(R) has signed into law legislation that allows people to
to 10 syringes at a time without a prescription. The
Governator also vetoed a bill to loosen
the requirements on city health departments to constantly re-approve
exchange programs every few weeks.
SCHWARZENEGGER VETOES BILL
SCHOOL DRUG TESTING
Schwarzenegger (R) Saturday vetoed a bill that would have prevented
districts in the state from conducting random drug tests of students.
The bill, sponsored by Sen. John Vasconcellos
(D), had garnered not only bipartisan support in the legislature, but
backed by the state Parent Teachers Association.
NEW JERSEY NEEDLE
EXCHANGE BILL ON FAST TRACK, PASSES FIRST HURDLE
What a difference a
and a scandal makes. In mid-summer, New
Jersey Governor James McGreevey (D) was riding high and opposed needle
programs (NEP) in practice, if not in theory. Now,
after being forced into resigning his office in
November because of
scandal, McGreevey has had a change of heart, and the legislature has
FORMER CHILD ACTOR MACAULEY
CULKIN BUSTED FOR
DRUGS IN ALL-TOO-TYPICAL CAVE-IN TO POLICE SEARCH REQUEST
Former child star
Culkin, 24, and a companion were arrested on drug charges in
on September 17 in an all-too-typical
turned drug bust. A popular video
providing civil liberties training for the high-pressure situation of a
encounter could have helped Culkin avoid being caught.
- NEWSBRIEF: MONTEL
WILLIAMS SHOW BRINGS
MEDICAL MARIJUANA ISSUE
TO THE MASSES
The medicinal use of
marijuana was the sole topic on Tuesday's edition of the Montel
talk show. Williams, who suffers from
Multiple Sclerosis, has become an increasingly vocal proponent of
BUSH WARNS OF
CANADA DRUG THREAT, WHISTLES PAST
the publication of the annual State Department list of major
trafficking countries September 16 to single out
for criticism over its possible
marijuana and its lack of severe punishment for pot offenders." At the
same time, Bush soft-pedaled "concerns" about opium production in
, which has skyrocketed under the
government of President Hamid Karzai.
GUATEMALA SEEKS MORE ANTI-DRUG
MONEY FROM UNITED STATES
Just days after once
being named to the State Department's list of major drug-producing or
called on the
to pay up if it wanted better results in the
American nation long known as a major transshipment point for cocaine
north from Colombia.
DECADES OF COLOMBIAN DRUG WAR
MORE EFFICIENT DRUG ORGANIZATIONS
Colombia's decades-long effort to wipe out the drug
the insistence and with the assistance of the
has mainly succeeded in creating new, more
drug trafficking organizations, according to one of that country's top
NARC HATES FREE PUBLICITY
DRCNet reported last
on the web site of Leon Carmichael, an Alabama man facing marijuana and
laundering charges, whose right to post the names and photographs of a
agent and two informants on the Internet in what his attorney calls an
to gain information for his defense has been upheld two times by
courts. Now, the DEA agent identified by
the web site has gone to federal court seeking an order to have his
THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORY
A US Customs and
Protection (CBP) officer in
state is in the slammer after getting caught
with 535 pounds of the dreaded "BC bud" in
the back of his van. His explanation...
BRITISH DRUG POLICY THINK TANK
GOVERNMENT ABANDONED PLANNED HEROIN MAINTENANCE EXPANSION
In 2002, British
Secretary David Blunkett announced that the number of licenses granted
doctors to prescribe heroin should be increased from fewer than 50 to
1,500, to remove the supply of the drug from the black market.
But two years later, the National Treatment
Agency, the government body responsible for dealing with addiction, has
reported that instead of increasing 30-fold as Blunkett suggested, the
of doctors with heroin maintenance prescribing licenses has only
- THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
Drug lords, drug
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